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Thymus pseudolanuginosus (Woolly Thyme)

Woolly Thyme, Creeping Thyme, Wild Thyme, Coconut Thyme, Thymus drucei, Thymus polytrichus subsp. britannicus 'Coconut', Thymus praecox subsp. arcticus, Thymus woolly


Primarily used as a ground cover, Thymus pseudolanuginosus (Woolly Thyme) is a creeping, mat-forming sub-shrub forming a dense cushion of small, dark green leaves usually covered with long hairs. The foliage may take pink tones in cold winters. Pale pink flowers are borne in early summer, however, Woolly Thyme is not as floriferous as the other species. Prized for its fuzziness, this wonderful plant adds great interest to the garden and is a terrific rock garden plant. Use it only where drainage is excellent. The leaves have little fragrance and are not used in cooking.

  • Grows up to 3 in. tall (8 cm) and will spread over time by rooting stems to 12 in. (30 cm).
  • A full sun lover, this plant is best grown in moderately fertile, average dry to medium, alkaline to neutral, well-drained soils. Tolerates drought and poor soils.
  • Excellent ground cover or filler between stepping stones, where it releases its fragrance when trodden on. Provides an interesting texture to pathways. Adds character to rock gardens where it will beautifully sprawl over small rocks.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Deer resistant
  • Cut back in spring.
  • Propagate by seed, by division or plant rooted basal stem cuttings in spring
  • Native to the British Isles.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Thymus - Thymes
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Thymus - Thymes
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2" – 3" (5cm – 7cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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